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Three Big 12 Football Standouts Named AP First-Team All-Americans

Oct 14, 2023; Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma State's Ollie Gordon II (0) runs the ball in the second quarter for a touchdown against the Kansas Jayhawks at Boone Pickens Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan J. Fish-USA TODAY Sports

A trio of the best players in the Big 12 were named to the AP All-America First Team, with Oklahoma State running back Ollie Gordon, Kansas State offensive guard Cooper Beebe, and Texas defensive tackle T’Vondre Sweat all representing the conference.

Gordon led the NCAA with 1,614 rushing yards this season and ranked second nationally with 20 rushing touchdowns. He was also named the winner of the Doak Walker Award over the weekend, presented annually to the nation’s top running back. With Oklahoma State’s offense in a lull to begin the year, Gordon became the focus in Week 4 and led Oklahoma State to a 9-3 regular season and an appearance in the Big 12 Championship against Texas.

 

Beebe, the standout senior left guard for Kansas State, has now been named a First-Team All-American in three of the five teams used by the NCAA for Consensus All-American status, with the other two teams yet to be announced as of Monday. Beebe has started 47 games over his career at K-State and has allowed just five sacks on 1,450 career pass-blocking snaps, just one of those coming in the last 41 games.

Sweat beat out Beebe for the Outland Trophy, presented annually to the nation’s best interior lineman, and has been a dominant force for a Texas defense that is getting set for a date with Washington in the College Football Playoff. Sweat put together his best season yet in 2023, establishing career highs with 42 tackles, 17 solo tackles, eight tackles for loss, two sacks, and four pass breakups.

 

AP All-America First Team

Ollie Gordon, RB, Oklahoma State

Cooper Beebe, OG, Kansas State

T’Vondre Sweat, DT, Texas

AP All-America Second Team

Byron Murphy, DT, Texas

Beanie Bishop Jr., CB, West Virginia

Third-Team

Zach Frazier, C, West Virginia

Ben Sinnott, TE, Kansas State

Xavier Worthy, All-Purpose Player, Texas

Danny Stutsman, Linebacker, Oklahoma

T.J. Tampa, CB, Iowa State

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